You're Going to Want to Check Out the New Ford Ranger and Everest
Ford Philippines is known for coming up with some of the most elaborate and engaging customer and media events. Its recent “Island Conquest” launch was no different.
The event involved test driving its SUVs and pickup trucks within an environmentally controlled and safe off-road obstacle course, which included a steep hill climb, a rugged simulated off-road dirt track complete with deep ruts and bumps, plus an 800mm depth man-made pool to test the vehicle’s wading depth.
Held at Arcovia City in Pasig, this was the brand’s fifth “Island Conquest” event. This year, the hospitality area of the event venue was set up like an outdoor campsite complete with picnic tables and chairs and some of its vehicles that were installed with overhead pop-up roof tents and other camp gear. The test drive area was dressed up with an Everest mountain range theme as well as a movie backdrop set up to simulate a retail commercial strip where its vehicles can pick up and load up some cargo to test the capacity of the vehicles.
New Ford Everest and Ranger
The next-generation Ford Everest officially made its local debut in the country, blending adventure-ready capability with exceptional comfort and customer-focused technology in a rugged, refined, and fun-to-drive SUV. The event also saw the all-new Ford Ranger break cover, as Ford Philippines’ Managing Director Mike Breen talked about the new features of the next-generation Ford nameplates.
The Philippine launch also gave the opportunity for Breen to announce that the next-gen models will come with a five-year warranty, with the longer warranty covering up to five years or a total mileage of up to 150,000 kilometers, whichever comes first. Breen also shared that customers who wish to learn about Ford model offerings can do it in the safety of their own homes or offices virtually online.
Reaching new heights
“The next-gen Everest is an all-in-one SUV package that combines capability, safety, and comfort,” Breen said. “We understand that these are the same attributes that Filipino customers are looking for in their SUV, so we’re confident that it is ready to be the Filipino family’s reliable partner during the busy workdays, and especially during weekends where we see families are sharing memorable moments together.”
The next-gen Everest has a 50mm wider track and 50mm longer wheelbase, and the sheetmetal now has a more muscular appearance. A crowd favorite was its noticeable strong shoulder line that runs from front to back. Having test driven the previous generation Everest both off and on-road, here and overseas, I can say that the new model does not disappoint.
We love the new Ford global design DNA and its C-clamp headlamps and horizontal upper grille bar. The more premium Titanium variants offer a panoramic moonroof and a convenient hands-free power liftgate as well as a full suite of bells and whistles in terms of driver aids and safety features. Driver assist technologies include Pre-Collision Assist, Lane Keeping System with Road Edge Detection, and Active Park Assist. The wider and longer wheelbase as well as updated chassis and refined suspension promises better ride comfort and handling.
Inside, the new soft touch and leather finishes speak volumes about its premium feel. It now has a 360-degree camera, SYNC 4A with wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto capability and wireless charging pad connectivity features. Power outlets are also available in all the three rows. The second row slides come with a 60:40 split seatback and a 50:50 split on the third row which offers more flexibility in the seven-seater configuration, and with the premium variants, it can be folded at the touch of a button.
Breen also highlighted Ford’s Intelligent Oil Life Monitor (IOLM), a smart new feature that tells the owner when to have an oil change based on actual engine data, operating conditions, and owner driving habits.
The next-gen Everest has two powertrain options: the 2.0L Bi-Turbo mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission that is available on the Titanium+ 4x4 variant and is capable of 210PS of maximum power and 500Nm of maximum torque; and the 2.0L Single Turbo mated with a six-speed automatic transmission is available for the other Everest variants, capable of 170PS of maximum power and 405Nm of maximum torque.
The top-of-the-line Titanium 4x4 has six on- and off-road drive modes - Normal, Eco, Tow Haul, Slippery, Mud/Ruts and Sand that is applicable to every possible terrain. The easy-to-use Drive Mode Selector allows the driver to shift drive modes easily.
Most capable Ranger ever
Aside from the Everest, Ford also launched the next-generation Ford Ranger, which it says is the smartest, most versatile, and most capable Ranger ever. Ford peppered the latest iteration of the pick-up with advanced technologies and smart connectivity to keep the model up to date with a more tech-savvy customer profile.
There’s now a built-in step-board embedded on the rear bumper so climbing up the side of the pickup’s rear bed is made easier. It also has a new grille and signature C-clamp headlight treatment and the subtle shoulder line down the sides incorporates new wheel-arches design.
Just like the Everest, the new Ranger uses an upgraded chassis riding with a wheelbase that’s 50mm longer and a track 50mm wider than the previous Ranger. It worked well with its new fenders and larger wheel arches giving it a more sculpted appearance and better stance.
Other practical features include clamp pockets that allow users to attach timber or tools to the tailgate work bench, which can also be concealed with spring loaded caps when not in use. For the topline Wildtrak variant, it has roof rails for oversized cargo. The new Ranger also features a Tailgate Lift Assist–enabling users to close the tailgate with just a light touch.
Inside, the fully redesigned cabin offers more comfort, and depending on the variant, it now has an eight0inch digital instrument cluster, 10-inch or best-in-class 12-inch portrait touchscreen, 360-degree camera, and SYNC 4A with Wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto capability.
The Wildtrak 4x4 variant also uses the 2.0L Bi-Turbo engine mated with a 10-speed automatic while the 2.0L Single Turbo mated with a six-speed automatic or manual transmission is available for the other Ranger variants.
The new Ranger is packed with smart driver-assist technologies: Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering, Lane Keeping System with Road Edge Detection, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Aid & Lane Departure Warning, Pre-Collision Assist with Intersection, and comes with up to seven airbags. Just like the Everest, the next-gen Ranger also has an Intelligent Oil Life Monitor (IOLM).
“With a bold look and design, premium interior, enhanced ride comfort, and outstanding new capabilities, the next-gen Ranger is set to once again define the pickup truck segment in the country. We’re truly excited to offer this amazing vehicle to our customers whose needs and lifestyles cut across work, play, and family,” adds Breen.
The Next Generation Ford Everest starts at P1.799 million for the Everest 2.0L Turbo Trend 4x2 AT and goes up to P2.495 million for the Everest 2.0L Bi-Turbo Titanium+ 4x4 AT. Meanwhile, the next generation Ranger starts at P1.273 million up to P1.875 million for the Ranger 2.0L Bi-Turbo Wildtrak 4x4 AT.